Congratulations to the IB Class of 2020

Congratulations to the IB Class of 2019

Class of 2018

Riley McDanal, IB ‘16

UC Berkeley
Psych major? Pol Sci? Legal studies?
Haven’t done anything too special, still a first semester freshman. But I’m in AFX dance performance group and currently have out a few “externship” apps, my top choice with the California Supreme Court. Applying to be a Daily Cal copy editor next semester. Who knows what else.

Divya Ravinder, IB ‘16

I’m a member of the Bartow IB Class of 2016, and am currently studying biology and management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I have been conducting cystic fibrosis research at MIT, and plan to continue conducting research with the MIT Department of Biological Engineering. I serve as a volunteer Medlink, so I can treat basic injuries and administer some medications to students. I am a staff member of MIT GlobeMed, which works to help improve the healthcare system in certain third-world countries. Additionally, I work with the Save A Life, Save A Heart (SALSAH) program to provide free CPR and basic life support training in schools in the Cambridge and Boston area.

Kriyana Reddy, IB ‘16

I am a member of Bartow IB Class of 2016 and a prospective Economics concentrator at Brown University in Providence, RI. This past summer, I completed an internship in Tallahassee through the Florida Governor’s Internship Program. I researched fetal/infant mortality reduction policy in the Executive Office of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. I am currently an Associate Editor at the Brown Political Review and the Brown Journal of World Affairs. I am a member of the Brown Mock Trial team (defense attorney and expert witness), and I am a member of the Brown Lecture Board.

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Ted Ammon, IB ‘15

After graduating in 2015, I enrolled at Ohio State University to study English, Philosophy, and Political Science. I have since been a part of the Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy organization, COMPAS, and the Reclaim OSU movement. I’ll receive my BA in the Spring of 2017. I am currently in the middle of enrolling in Teach For America, an organization focused on providing top-tier education for every child in the States. I plan to employ both my learning at OSU and upcoming experiences in the political arena to better our educational services.

Gabriella Liwanag, IB ‘15

I currently attend the University of Florida (GO GATORS).

I am a second-year Health Science major on the Pre-Med track. Since my graduation from IB, I have had so many doors open up to me at UF. I have written about some of my favorite things that I have done while at UF.

I served the Student Honors Organization as an executive board member, in which we planned academic, social, and professional events for honors students. I was selected to attend the premier multicultural and diversity leadership retreat Gatorship, in which I was exposed to a wide spectrum of different people, each with their unique and beautiful identities and backgrounds. I became an ambassador to our Dean of Students office as a Campus Diplomat, promoting a culture of care for all groups of the Gator Nation. I worked my first job as a student fundraiser, raising thousands of dollars for UF, by personally interacting alumni and parents to stress the importance of investing in education. I serve as a Resident Assistant in UF’s Housing Department. I also volunteer in the Radiology department of Shands Hospital and at our Children’s Medical Services building. Lastly, I am a research assistant for a research lab that studies and combats health disparities in our local areas.

Going through the Bartow IB Program helped to set the foundation for me to be a proactive, tenacious, and achievement-oriented student, while also fostering my spirit of servitude and my confidence to pursue the things about which I am passionate. I also met some of my best friends that support me even now in college. If you let it, this program will help set the stage for you from here on out.

Amanda Giggy, IB ‘14

After graduating from Bartow IB in 2014 I started studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida. The preparatory experience of IB has enabled me to excel in the college environment and to have room in my schedule to pursue interests like learning Japanese while still graduating early with a degree in hard science. I’m currently in the process of applying to pharmacy school and this coming May I’ll graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree. Graduating from IB allowed me to apply to the Provost’s Scholars Program, which helps students with many credits graduate within 3 years. The PSP encourages leadership, research, and global experience. I’ve been involved with the Japanese Club at USF, helping to spread Japanese culture, as well as the Pre-Pharmacy Club. I’ve also done work with the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement’s Youth and Education board, holding a seat on the board and helping arrange several events in the last year. In terms of research, I’m currently in the process of producing an Honor’s Thesis on the topic of ethics in the pharmaceutical industry. Additionally, this past summer I studied abroad for 4 weeks in Japan, travelling across the country to experience local culture and see World Heritage Sites. There’s much to do yet, but my first two years out of high school have been very eventful!

Vanessa Colchado, IB ‘12

University of Florida- Fisher School of Accounting

I’m originally from Fort Meade, FL. I attend the University of Florida and am majoring in Accounting with a concentration in tax. I am enrolled in the 3/2 accounting program at UF – this means that I will have done 3 years undergrad and 2 years of grad work. I’m expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting in Spring 2017. After that, I will work full-time in Tampa, FL with one of the Big Four accounting firms – Deloitte. I will be working in the Business Tax Services area for Deloitte. I previously did two summer internships with Deloitte, one in Miami and the other in Tampa. During my time at UF, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Montpellier, France during the summer of 2014.

I’m excited to be graduating soon because I will be the first in my family to graduate from college. I definitely owe a big part of my academic and career success to the IB program and teachers who always encouraged me to do my best and strive for more.

Briana Naseer, IB '12

I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in psychology. I then started the school psychology Ed.S program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. This February, I’ll be presenting on two different research projects at the Illinois School Psychologist Association’s annual conference and the National Association of School Psychologists annual conference. Currently, I’m completing my practicum in Chicago Public Schools, where I also plan to do my internship. I will graduate with my education specialist degree in 2018. I’ve also gotten several poems published in different journals and magazines.

Sofia Ouhri, IB ‘12

I am a Graphic Design major at the University of Florida. This past summer I was an Advanced Creative Development intern at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, CA!

Vishal Patel, IB ‘12

I graduated from the University of Florida in May 2016 with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. I am now a first year medical student at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Huge fan of backpacking throughout the world as a method of travel and learning- I’ve done 4 countries so far and the goal is to get as close to 196 as possible.

Cris Santibañez, IB ‘12

After graduating from Bartow IB in 2012, I attended the University of Florida like so many other Bartow IB graduates before me and after me. I then went on to change my major 3 times before settling on studying two very different things. I graduated with a B.S. in Public Relations and a B.A. in International Studies in April 2016. Attending a predominantly white institution opened my eyes even more to the injustices people of color endure to be successful in a world that undermines our genius. I became active in social justice movements and plan to continue this work in whatever career I find myself in. Currently, I serve as an Americorps member with City Year San José/Silicon Valley.

Caroline Bresnan, IB '11

I graduated from IB in 2011 and then went to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where I pursued a pre-med biology major and chemistry minor. Going up north for college was a huge change (especially with the weather!), but I loved every minute of it, and IB prepared me very well. At Mount Holyoke I enjoyed playing my violin in the orchestra, just as I did at IB. I also did research on hybridization and genetic mapping of oak trees growing on campus. I graduated from Mount Holyoke in 2015 with my bachelor’s degree and was accepted into the Class of 2019 at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. Medical school thus far has been a fascinating challenge. Right now I am interested in becoming an infectious disease specialist or possibly an internist, but every week brings new experiences and new possibilities for the future of my medical career.

Sasha Chopenko, IB ‘11

I’m a 2011 IB graduate. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a double major in Political Science and Chinese. Although I studied French while at IB, I switched my focus to China and studied abroad there twice during my undergraduate years. I am currently in my second (and final) year of my master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University, learning about International Politics from Chinese faculty at the JHU campus in Nanjing, China. I spent my summer interning at a policy advisory firm in Beijing and hope to explore careers related to political risk analysis following graduation.

I appreciate that I spent such formative years of my life at IB. The encouragement from faculty and opportunities to learn from diverse classmates have been invaluable to my academic and life experiences. I think of you all often, especially Mr. Guice’s ToK class!

Riley Clark, IB ‘11

I graduated from IB in 2011 and competed undergraduate work at UCF with a Legal Studies major, Criminal Justice minor, and Criminal Profiling certificate. After graduating in 2015, I began law school at Wake Forest School of Law and am now in my second year. I recently interned with the Public Defender’s Office of Forsyth County but am now pursuing a career in entertainment law. I plan on graduating from law school in 2018, and then will just see where life takes me!

Kerrianne Hippely, IB ‘11

I am a member of the Bartow IB class of 2011. After graduating from Bartow IB, I went to the University of South Florida. I graduated from South Florida in 2015 with a degree in Mathematics Education and a Minor in Mathematics. Following that I moved back home to Lakeland and taught 8th grade math. I’m currently taking time off from education to travel and I am considering getting my bachelors in math.

Samantha Hughes, IB ’11

I attended 4 years at UF and graduated with a bachelor of the arts in Anthropology. I then moved to central Massachusetts where I now work as a Senior Data Analyst for a MRO-manufacturing syndicate. I’ve been there for a year and a half.

Alessandra Miranda, IB’ 10

I am currently a Chemical engineer at an upcoming pharmaceutical/medical device company where I take part in multiple or research development and testing. I am Subject matter expert in the design and manufacturing of our current chemical production process. I acquired my BS in chemical engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, which has an excellent and rigorous chemical engineering program. Thanks to IB, I received my acceptance into FIT by my junior year of high school. Once I got to FIT, not only was I prepared to do all my work in a timely manner (most pulling all-nighters, while I finished lab write ups in a couple of hours) I was also extremely active in college. Thanks to IB I learned time management, as well as gained desire for involvement. I was able to be not just active in multiple clubs, but also executive board members. I also had a federal work study that aided me in receiving additional income apart from the scholarships I had acquired. The work I put into IB allowed my university experience not only be academically successful but also allowed me to have fun and enjoy myself.

Stephen Samples, IB ‘10

After graduating from the Bartow IB in 2010, I joined the Aerospace Engineering program at Auburn University. Thanks my IB experience (as well as scholarships from the Polk Education Foundation application and Teen Court, and National Merit from the PSAT), I had spare time in undergrad to join technical clubs designing and building high altitude balloons and CubeSats.

These clubs led to me getting internships with the United Launch Alliance and NASA Marshall, undergraduate research into vortex-driven rocket engines at Auburn, and ultimately a GSR position at UCLA.

I graduated with my BS in Dec. 2014, and am now a second-year PhD student working in the Wirz Plasma and Space Propulsion Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jasmina Ouhri, IB ‘08

After graduating from IB-BHS in 2008, I attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s degree in English. During the summers I interned as a freelance writer at the Lakeland Ledger and then as a clinical volunteer at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. In 2012, after graduating from UF, I attended Barry University and completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Medical Science. I now live in lovely Sarasota working as a Physician Assistant with a hospital-based Infectious Disease group, but I spend my free-time writing and going to the beach!

Katy Burke, IB ‘07

I graduated from IB in 2007 and went to the University of Florida. I graduated in 2010 with my B.S. In Family, Youth, & Community Sciences and a minor in Art History. I then started working for Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast as the Grants & Mission Outreach Coordinator. My major roles were to manage our Community Grants portfolio, provide breast cancer education to the community, and collaborate on projects aimed to reduce breast health disparities in our 6 county service area. After 4 years, I decided to become a nurse. I’m currently in the tail end of the Masters Entry into Nursing Program at Johns Hopkins University. From here, I hope to go on to my PhD and contribute to nursing research in palliative care and/or public health nursing.

Stephanie Carter, IB '07

I graduated from USF in 2010 with a BA in psychology. After graduating from USF I completed some research with a professor at USF. I presented the results of that research at the Southeast Psychological Association annual conference in New Orleans in February 2012. Additionally, I published the results of that study in a peer-reviewed journal, as first author, in 2014.

I am currently a doctoral candidate at Florida Institute of Technology pursuing my Psy.D. in clinical psychology. I graduated from FIT in 2014 with an MS in psychology and was subsequently granted doctoral candidacy. I am completing my clinical internship at Northeast Florida State Hospital and will graduate with my doctorate in May 2017. I have already successfully defended my dissertation and presented my dissertation results at the annual Society for Personal Assessment conference in 2016 in Chicago.

Claudia Phen, IB ‘07

I attended the University of Florida for undergrad and medical school (Go Gators!). During college, I majored in Anthropology which was a nice break from my pre-med science courses. Since graduation, I’ve been taking care of sick kids as a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in the Tampa bay area.

The picture is when I was on a medical mission trip to an orphanage in Chiang Rai, Thailand during medical school, at which time, we administered over 1000 vaccines to local children.